What the US ambassador says about Iohannis' candidacy to NATO

The ambassador of the United States of America (USA) in Romania, Kathleen Kavalec, said on Wednesday that the USA has special respect for the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, regarding the announcement of the head of state regarding his intention to run for the headship of NATO.

President Klaus Iohannis and the US ambassador to Romania, Kathleen Kavaleak Illustrative photo Archive

Romania is a key partner for the US within NATO, it contributes 2.5 percent of its GDP to its defense. Romania is a key ally and partner throughout this terrible border war and we have the highest respect for President Iohannis“, said Kathleen Kavalec, answering a question regarding the announcement of the head of state regarding his intention to run for the position of secretary general of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), according to Agerpres.

The US ambassador participated, on Wednesday, in Suceava, at the opening of the traveling photographic exhibition “We the People/ We the People“, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership between the United States of America and Romania.

President Klaus Iohannis announced on Tuesday that he has decided to enter the competition for the post of general secretary of the North Atlantic Alliance. “I undertake this candidacy on behalf of Romania“, declared Klaus Iohannis, at the Cotroceni Palace.

The international press, through correspondents of some top publications (Bloomberg and Politico) at the White House and NATO, was the one who put on the agenda the fact that President Klaus Iohannis intends to enter the race for the position of Secretary General of NATO, where the only candidate who enjoyed support was Mark Rutte, the resigned prime minister of the Netherlands. In fact, Rutte has been announced that he will receive support from many countries, including the United States, Great Britain and Germany. But Eastern European countries would want someone different from Rutte, with a clearer approach to what the war in Ukraine means and how to manage the relationship with Russia. The new head of the Alliance is decided by consensus, so all 31 states must agree, preferably by the July NATO Summit in Washington.